Fully supported and endorsed by the Who, Sensation - The Story Of Tommy explores the background, creation, and impact of this seminal album. Through brand new interviews, the film unveils the history and cultural impact of Tommy through new interviews with Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, archive interviews with the late John Entwistle, contributions from engineer Bob Pridden, artwork creator Mike McInnerney, plus others involved in the making of the album, as well as journalists who assess the album's historic and cultural impact.
Originally aired on BBC TV in August 2013, this version includes additional material not featured in the TV broadcast, as well as a bonus 33-minute feature from the 1969 German TV show Beat Club. This feature, which includes previously unreleased footage, includes tracks from the album and interviews with band members.
Released in 1969, Tommy was a milestone in rock history, and marked a new chapter in the band's career. Selling over 20 million copies worldwide, the double-album established Pete Townshend's prowess as not only a musician, but a composer, and further solidified Roger Daltrey as one of rock's foremost frontmen. A concept album exploring the story of a blind pinball ace, Tommy proved that rock music was a viable vehicle for storytelling, and was the first album to be overtly billed as a rock opera. It was later re-imagined as a film by Ken Russell in the mid-seventies, and a touring stage production in the early nineties.
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